Fresh off the heels of Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt saying that Google Glass apps would need to be pre-approved before being released for users, we're hearing confirmation from multiple developers who have already cracked their pair of Google Glasses, which doesn't mean anything specific at the moment now, but could definitely turn Google's controlled-app releases on its head.
The Explorer Edition of Google Glass, which is the first run of the product provided to "bold and creative individuals" who wanted to get in on a test run of the ambitious spectacles, has already been rooted by Liam McLoughlin and Jay Freeman, the latter of iPhone jailbreaking, Cydia fame.
Freeman posted the above message as well as an image showing his handiworkon his Twitter page earlier today. What this means overall is yet to be seen considering this is the "beta run" edition of the glasses, which could end up being radically different once the consumer version becomes available. One could however speculate that a developer, like Freeman, could create an alternative store that Glass owners could connect to to access apps that would otherwise not show up on Google's "pre-approved" app store.
One that comes to my mind is the fact that when wearing a pair of Google Glasses, there is a small LED light that remains on while taking a photo or recording video. So if someone could download and install an app that disabled this feature then it'd be completely possible to do either of those features without said LED light turning on, which has been the point of contention between those for and against Glass who say that privacy could become a thing of the past now that just about any moment could be recorded, saved, and possibly uploaded for further use. This is a good or a bad a thing depending on which side of the fence you're on.
On one hand you would have criminals thinking twice about committing illegal acts now that personal security cameras would be affixed to individuals. And then on the other side of the aisle you have people who would rather not be taped or recorded as a matter of personal preference, their own choice and freedom.
Google's Schmidt felt that Glass wouldn't be appropriate for all occasions and that an etiquette would grow in tandem with use. "It's so new, we decided to be more cautious," Schmidt said, "It's always easier to open it up more in the future."
But who is he to say that they're the ones holding the keys when people already have access to their product's root folder?